Nashville SC learns US Open Cup Second Round Pairing Scenario

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The United States Soccer Federation announced on Wednesday that Nashville SC will play the winner of Charlotte Engels (PDL) vs Inter Nashville FC (NPSL) in the Second Round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The match will take place on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT at Vanderbilt University’s Soccer/Lacrosse Complex in Nashville.

Inter Nashville FC takes on the Charlotte Eagles in Round 1 on May 9 at 7 p.m. ET at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex in Matthews, North Carolina.

The Second Round matches USL teams against Open Division winners. The Open Division consists of local qualifiers, PDL and NPSL teams. Teams from MLS join the tournament at the Fourth Round.

FC Cincinnati made it to the semifinals in 2017, defeating the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire before losing 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls.

About the US Open Cup

The US Open Cup, founded in 1914, is the oldest national soccer competition in America. The competition was renamed after Lamar Hunt in 1999, to pay tribute to an American soccer pioneer.

The tournament is a knock-out single elimination competition with different levels of professional soccer teams competing across 9 rounds, including a play-in round, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship round.

Sporting Kansas City of the MLS defeated the New York Red Bulls to claim the cup in 2017. Bethlehem Steel FC and Maccabi Los Angeles have won this title five times.

The winning team will receive $300,000, a berth into the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League and its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy.

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